Weston boss looks ahead to season opener
WESTON FC boss Craig Laird is looking for revenge over Dartford when the two clubs meet in their first match of the season on Saturday.
Dartford were the only team to do the double over the Seagulls in the Blue Square South last season, and Craig wants to start the new campaign with a home win at the Woodspring Stadium to launch their promotion campaign.
Last season ranked as one of the best in the club’s history, and having signed seven new players the manager is confident a play-off push can be Weston’s minimum goal this season.
The team finished their pre-season with a 1-0 win away at Yate Town.
The former Bridgwater Town boss said: ““I know it’s a clich�, but we will go into the season looking at one game at a time. We will always try and win the next game, and then hopefully the next and the next, and then we can build up some momentum and be where we want to be.”
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“The league is a tough league, and despite last season we will still be regarded as underdogs by many, but it’s up to us to do ourselves justice and finish as high as we know we can.”
Assistant manager Jon Haile added: “As far as expectations go, they have been lifted due to what was arguably one of the most successful seasons in Weston’s history last season.”
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“We are definitely going for the play off’s and we feel have a stronger squad than last season, we are a little wiser about the league and we are more than capable of mounting a series promotion challenge.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s match, Craig said: “It will be a tough game, they were the only team to do the double over us, but we are looking to put that right this time round. We are that extra bit wiser and experienced, and hopefully this can help.”
While Craig is happy with the balance of the squad, he is looking to loan eight of the club’s young players out for experience – if your club is interested phone Jon on 07540 049814.
Admission to Saturday’s match is �10, while seniors and under 16s can get in for �6.